Texas has one of the most strict medical marijuana programs in the Unites States only allowing patients with uncontrollable epileptic seizures access to the program. The only medication even available in the program is cannabidiol, a low-THC cannabis medication with the potential to help treat many ailments. Despite the large population and land mass of Texas the state is only opening it's third medical marijuana dispensary this week meeting the mandatory minimum required by the Compassionate Use Program. The severely restricted program really shows itself in the number of patients who are currently registered with the state--only 600 patients out of the potential 150,000 who currently qualify.
Surterra Texas announced Thursday it’s starting to sell marijuana-derived medicine in Texas almost a year after being licensed by the state. The company is the third and final to open under the state’s Compassionate Use Program, which lets patients treat intractable epilepsy with cannabidiol that’s low in THC, the component that gives users a high.